Scottish Wedding Traditions : Handfasting
Now that weddings are back into the swing of things in our unique Scottish venue, here is a Scottish wedding tradition that you can include in your big day.
Handfasting is an old Pagan custom that dates back to the time of the ancient Celts. Originally, an entire handfasting took place over a period of a year and one day and served as a trial marriage. If you were still blissfully in love at the end of those 366 days, you would take the next step together and get married.
Many variations of the traditional handfasting are now performed as part of wedding ceremonies, with the hands of the couple clasped and fastened together with cords as they make their vows. The wrapping of the cords forms an infinity symbol around their hands, then ties a knot that symbolically binds the couple together as they declare their unity. To add a personal touch to the handfasting, you could also make the cords out of the bride and groom's clan tartans.